RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) refers to damage to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, caused by repeated overuse of certain areas of the body.
RSI-related injuries have increased in prevalence in recent years, given the labour shift from physical activity to service-based employment. This often requires people to sit in the same position for many hours without a break, with specific muscles suffering from excessive use (eg the fingers/wrists from typing). This also affects areas of the body not commonly associated with RSI; for example a poorly set-up workstation may encourage bad posture, leading to spinal injuries.
The symptoms of RSI are extremely varied, both in severity and in type. Generally, the symptoms take a long time to surface, as the muscles and nerves struggle to cope with the strain. Initially, you might experience a slight ache, which increases in pain when you perform the repetitive task (typing for example). Untreated, this can develop so that the pain is constant, regardless of what you are doing. Even if the pain is manageable, the side effects of the damage (such as numbness or tingling) can make everyday tasks very difficult.
ESPH provide support, advice and treatment for RSI sufferers. The initial task is to provide treatment to help soothe the pain in the relevant area, via acupuncture and physiotherapy. Your actions may affect your recovery (such as buying an ergonomic mouse etc), so we complement our treatment by an evaluation of your home and work-life, in order to prevent the injury from recurring and by educating you about avoiding RSI in the future.